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Language teachers interested in facilitating intercultural competence, cross-cultural communication and general communicative competence
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Developing multiliteracies in ELT through telecollaboration [Guth & Helm, 2012]

Developing multiliteracies in ELT through telecollaboration  [Guth & Helm, 2012] | intercultural exchanges + telecollaboration | Scoop.it

"Communicating and collaborating in online contexts can be quite different from face-to-face situations and requires students to acquire multiple literacies in addition to foreign language skills and intercultural communicative competence. This paper looks at how the development of multiliteracies can be included in the EFL classroom through the practice of telecollaboration, that is internet-mediated intercultural exchange. The integration of multiliteracies in the task design of the three stages of a telecollaboration project is illustrated through practical examples from an exchange which used English as a lingua franca." [Abstract]

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Evaluating the outcomes of online intercultural exchange [O'Dowd, 2007]

Evaluating the outcomes of online intercultural exchange [O'Dowd, 2007] | intercultural exchanges + telecollaboration | Scoop.it

"Reports the findings of three qualitative studies which were carried out in university level EFL classes in Germany. The three groups used various combinations of communication technologies such as email, web-based message boards, and video conferencing in order to engage in online exchanges with different partner classes in Ireland and the USA. The research was aimed at establishing, firstly, how such virtual intercultural contact can contribute to the development of intercultural communicative competence, and secondly, what skills and knowledge both students and teachers need in order to engage successfully in this complex online learning activity. The research revealed that the success of such exchanges often depends on their appropriate integration into the language classroom and that it is necessary to reassess the role of the teacher in telecollaborative exchanges."  [Abstract]

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